Rigels Halili, cultural anthropologist, philologist, and from time to time historian dealing with the area of the Balkans.
He was born in Gjirokastra, Albania, in 1975. Having completed the first year of studies at the Faculty of Philology at the University “Eqrem Çabej” in Gjirokastra, he obtained a scholarship from the Polish Government and moved to Warsaw. He studied philology and cultural anthropology at the Faculty of Polish Philology, as well as international relations at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences, both at the University of Warsaw. He completed his PhD studies at the Graduate School for Social Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and obtained his PhD in 2009 having completed his dissertation entitled “Orality and literacy – Oral epic poetry among Albanians and Serbs”.
He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Serbia, Albania and Kosovo. In 2004-2005 he was a Teaching Fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where in 2007-2010 he worked as the Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies.
Since October 2010 he is a lecturer at the Institute of Slavonic Philology, Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń. In 2010-2013 he has also lectured on modern history of the Balkans and postsocialist transformation at the Centre for East European Studies at University of Warsaw.
In 2012 he published his first book entitled “Nation and its Songs. An Essay on Orality, Literacy and Folk Epics among Albanian and Serbs”.